VAULT EXTRA 12 February 2024
MELBOURNE ART FOUNDATION
Melbourne Art Fair
Melbourne Art Fair returns to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre this February with the theme ketherba – a Boon Wurrung word meaning ‘togetherness imbued with promise’. Presentations from 60 galleries and art centres are accompanied by a broader artistic program underpinned by the categories VIDEO, BEYOND, LIVE and PROJECT ROOMS, featuring large-scale installations, video works, performances and conversations. In 2024 the fair will also present the 10th Melbourne Art Foundation Commission, presented to Julie Rrap and supported by the Art Gallery of Western Australia, which will acquire the major sculptural work SOMOS (Standing On My Own Shoulders) at the end of the fair. VAULT can be found at Booth G2, with Editor Alison Kubler in conversation with a different artist each day. See the full program and redeem the promo code VAULT20 for 20% off tickets at the link below.
22 – 25 February 2024
Image credit: Melbourne Art Fair 2022. Photo: Marie-Luise Skibbe
ΩHM Festival 2024
After a stellar debut in 2023, The ΩHM Festival of Other Music returns for 2024, curated by Brisbane Powerhouse Arts Program Director Brad Spolding and celebrated composer Lawrence English. The 2024 edition promises to captivate audiences with a provocative program of cutting-edge music, boundary-pushing performances and pioneering art. The program boasts incredible international and Australian talent, featuring music by Yothu Yindi, Michael Rother, Drab Majesty, Boris, The Necks, WITCH (We Intend To Cause Havock), dance by Stephanie Lake and Chunky Move and art by Kim Gordon, among many others.
28 February – 20 April 2024
Image credit: The Necks. Photo: Robert Divers Herrick
Adelaide Festival returns for 2024, offering audiences a mesmerizing blend of globally celebrated theatre productions, a diverse array of world-class musical performances, awe-inspiring dance presentations, captivating visual arts exhibitions and more. The iconic festival has been a beacon of diverse creative excellence for more than 60 years. Among the festival's highlights are the groundbreaking Marina Abramovic Institute: Takeover, Writer’s Week, the much-anticipated debut of 3.5-metre-tall puppet Little Amal in Australia and Adelaide Biennial: Inner Sanctum. With each element carefully curated, the Adelaide Festival promises an extraordinary event of epic proportions.
1 – 17 March 2024
Image credit: Little Amal, designed and built by Handspring Puppet Company, in Brooklyn, 2021. Courtesy The Walk Productions
Stanislava Pinchuk: The Theatre of War
Stanislava Pinchuk, the 2019 recipient of the Mordant Family Moving Image Commission for Young Australian Artists, reframes Homer's epic poem The Iliad in the world premiere of The Theatre of War at ACMI. Set nine years into the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the work draws parallels of modern conflicts with the ancient war retelling’s themes of rage, victory, grief and loss. From a Ukrainian soldier's training to youths gathering at Homer's tomb on Ios, three performances reframe the opening lines of Homer's epic. They starkly highlight the vitality and vulnerability of bodies in contemporary 'theatres of war,' mirroring the gruesome descriptions in Homer's ancient work.
19 February – 9 June 2024
Image credit: Stanislava Pinchuk, The Theatre of War (still), 2024. Courtesy of the artist and ACMI
Marco Fusinato: Nothing Is Universal, Not Even Air
New gallery PALAS, a joint venture of Tania Doropoulos and Matt Glenn, inaugurates its space with an exhibition of new silkscreen paintings by Marco Fusinato. The works in Nothing Is Universal, Not Even Air are derived from DESASTRES, a 200-day improvisational guitar performance triggering a torrent of disparate images onto a LED wall, performed by Fusinato at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022. The chaotic collision of images serves as the foundation for the silkscreen paintings, running parallel to the performances. Fusinato, guided by instinct, selects images from an extensive archive, blending online-sourced visuals and his own phone-camera photographs to create a series that mirrors the frenetic intensity of the live performances.
24 February – 13 April 2024
Image credit: Marco Fusinato, DESASTRES, 2022, Solo durational performance as installation, 200 days, Installation view, Australia Pavilion, 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, 2022
The First 40 Years
To celebrate 40 years of operation, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery’s first exhibition of 2024 brings together the gallery’s acclaimed stable in a group show aptly called The First 40 Years. The exhibition is curated by renowned writer and editor Felicity Fenner, also the writer and editor of the new book published by Formist Editions to commemorate the occasion, also called Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery: The First 40 Years. Both offer a comprehensive overview of the gallery's illustrious four-decade history. Delving into the gallery's pivotal role in nurturing the careers of numerous influential Australian and international artists, the exhibition unfolds as a tribute to the gallery's enduring legacy.
10 February – 2 March 2024
Image credit: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery: The First 40 Years. Written and edited: Felicity Fenner. Published: Mark Gowing / Formist Editions